It was only one year ago today that it happened. Really, it’s hard to believe that’s true, but it is. Terri Schiavo’s life is a reminder to us how precious each of days are, and how quickly it can be taken–or stolen–from us. The day Terri’s tube was taken away from her and she was starved to death is a hard and sorrowful thing to remember. It makes you shut your eyes and bury your head into your hands wondering why something like this could happen, and how many times it has happened without us knowing it.
Today, we’re going to take a trip back in time. It’s starts on March 18th, 2004.
Terri Schiavoâ€™s feeding tube was removed this afternoon, probably not too long ago (around 4:00 EST). Earlier this afternoon, it looked as if Terri would be allowed to live for some time longer.[Note: the above linked article has been updated, also a link to the joint statement of congress can be found here] The story is now a sad oneâ€¦Terri will begin starvation today, and will die of dehydration. Tom Delay put the situation in words correctly, calling it â€œan act of barbarism.â€ Terriâ€™s parentâ€™s website said,
â€œTerriâ€™s nutrition and hydration have now been withheld from her. It is unclear if the port that accommodates her feeding tube has been surgically removed as her family was ordered to leave her room.â€
Her husbandâ€™s lawyer called the acts of Congress â€œshameful.â€ Sir, I would call your acts â€œshamefulâ€¦and downright barbaric.â€ The case will go on, as time runs short. Terri has started the torture of death. She will live but for only about two weeks more.
Dr. Morrisey or Mount Sinai Hospital said that
â€œThey [those is a vegetative state] donâ€™t experience hunger or discomfort, so she doesnâ€™t suffer. What happens is, she loses fluids from her body, she enters into a peaceful coma and she passes away very gently.â€
I fear that what we have said, and through what I have heard, this woman is not in a vegetative state. And she can feel, she can breathe, swallow, and respond. They are making a very serious mistake.
I blogged like I never had before that day. In fact, it was what made me the blogger I am today.
Let’s move to the 19th:
Radio Blogger has some clips from the Hugh Hewitt show which featured James Dobson. Great clips.
Dr. Dobson said of Judge Greer â€œThis man is just wicked.â€ Exactly.
â€œsheâ€™s not in a coma, and sheâ€™s not on a respirator, she breathes on her own. And yet, Judge George Greer is just determined to kill her in a way, Hugh, that you wouldnâ€™t do to a dog. â€
â€˜Gov. Jeb Bush said the judgeâ€™s decision â€œbreaks my heartâ€ and noted that it often takes two decades for a death row inmateâ€™s appeals to go through the system.
â€œThereâ€™s this rush to starve her to death,â€ Bush said.â€™
This whole situation is terrible. Republican congressmen have dedicated their weekends to saving Terriâ€™s life. This post gives some hope though. Stay tuned for more info on the situation.
Two days later, I sat down at my computer and started to type again on Michael Schiavo’s words, “â€œWe didnâ€™t know what Terri wanted, but this is what we wantâ€¦â€ I was absolutely stunned.
Then came March 22:
Well, the battle goes on. You’ve heard the story of the Schindlers attorney filing a request for an emergency injunction with a federal district court in Tampa, Florida. The war goes on as the judge has said that he will not make an immediate ruling on the case. Not good news as I’ve heard news that Terri may have an infection, and may pass away sooner than expected (Reported on Pro-Life Blogs). Time is running short in this case of life and death. Especially now that that injuction has been denied and a new one has been filed. They will be working into the night on this one. It’s amazing.
Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me, your rod and your staff they comfort me
God has a will for Terri. He’s in control of the situation. His hand is on all that goes on. He can use this situation to teach us. I believe God is sovereign over all things and that he has a plan for you, me, and for those in situations like Terri’s. He is an amazing God.
/ Indescribable, Uncontainable,/
/You placed the stars in the sky/
/And You know them by name/
/You are amazing God/
/All powerful, untamable/
/You see the depths of my heart /
/And you love me the same/
/You are amazing God/
March 24th was another day. The fight continued on. I was struck that day by some powerful words:
â€œWhen I close my eyes at night, all I can see is Terriâ€™s face in front of me, dying, starving to death,â€ Mary Schindler (search) said outside her daughterâ€™s Pinellas Park hospice. â€œPlease, someone out there, stop this cruelty. Stop the insanity. Please let my daughter live.â€
The blogs started making a huge wave as well.
Also on March 24th, I posted a wonderful interview.
March 25th continued. My Senator, a Democrat, made a great statement:
â€œThis is a terrible tragedy. There was no living will and the family was dividedâ€¦I felt that it was appropriate under these unique circumstances that the court take one last look at this.â€
Then came the end.
Terri Schiavo has died just a little while ago. I knew it would be soon, but itâ€™s still amazing that this is somewhat over. But perhaps a movement for euthanasia has begun?
I also find it sad to hear that the Schindlers were denied access to the room as she died. Come on! That really is going to far. Thatâ€™s one of the worst things Micheal Schiavo could have done and he did it. Hey, what did he have to lose?
We, as bloggers, really canâ€™t explain whatâ€™s going on in our minds and hearts, but we can tell you that weâ€™ve tried. And though it seems that we have all lost, that is truly not the case.
This situation, Iâ€™m sure, has opened the eyes of many to the fact that America is heading down a path that may lead to legal suicide and murder. These people will now take action. Itâ€™s brought hope to others like Terri, who need our help to save their life.
God has a purpose and plan for everything, though we may not see it right away, or we may not see it at all. He will use Terriâ€™s situation for good. I donâ€™t know the spiritual condition of
Terri, but I know God can use anyone to work out his plan. Our prayer is that Terri knew the Lord, but we just donâ€™t know. It would be so awesome to get to heaven and meet someone that you had worked to try to save their life. But we just donâ€™t know.
As we move on this week, we must let ourselves pray for life. For our country we must pray weâ€™ll get back on the right track. We must pray that our judges will make the right decisions.
I had planned to write about the Church today, but that will be tomorrow. If you want to find out more about Terri, and perhaps read her story, look at some of these links below:
* All things 2 All has many posts on Terri and links to other posts.
That fight was over, but there are so many more that we cannot afford to lose. Are you willing to stand?